Who is Producing Fake "Al Qaeda" Videos?

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Saw this:

 U.S. officials and counterterrorism experts say the airline attack and last November's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, prove that simple, well-played smaller attacks against the United States also can be harmful to the American psyche, although not as devastating as a 9/11-style attack.

In a recent Internet posting, U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn made a public pitch for such smaller, single acts of jihad.

"Even apparently unsuccessful attacks on Western mass transportation systems can bring major cities to a halt, cost the enemy billions and send his corporations into bankruptcy," Gadahn said in a video released and translated by U.S.-based Site Intelligence Group, which monitors Islamic militant message traffic.

And had to ask myself a) who the hell is this SITE Intelligence Group and b) why would anyone take them seriously, as opposed to investigating what link they have to the so-called militants they promote--er, expose?

Discovered this on wikipedia:

SITE Institute

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The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group was an organization that tracked the online activity of terrorist organizations[1]. The SITE Institute was founded in 2002 by Rita Katz and Josh Devon, who had left the Investigative Project (a private Islamist-terrorist tracking group).[2] In early 2008 it ceased its operations, and some its staff formed the SITE Intelligence Group, a for-profit entity, to continue some of its activities[3]

[edit] "Al-Qaeda" tapes

  • (July 4, 2007.) A video by Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri was obtained by SITE "ahead of its release on the internet by militant web sites".[4] It was "first reported by IntelCenter and SITE, two U.S.-based groups that monitor militant messages".[5] (The video had been "provided by al-Qaeda's As-Sahab Media to IntelCenter".[6])
  • Sept. 7, 2007: SITE obtained a 30-minute video of "Osama bin Laden" and provided it to Associated Press. Bin Laden's image is "frozen" for all but 3½ minutes of the tape. [7] SITE "beat al-Qaeda by nearly a full day with the release of the ... video". [8] The US government later pronounced the video authentic. See also 2007 Osama bin Laden video.

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Islamists Bring Fight to Capital of Algeria." The New York Times. April 11, 2007 [1]
  2. ^ Benjamin Wallace-Wells, "Private Jihad: How Rita Katz got into the spying business", The New Yorker, May 29, 2006.
  3. ^ SITE Institute web site
  4. ^ Associated Press, "Al-Qaida Deputy Speaks in New Video" (caption to video still), ABC News online, July 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Print version of ABC article
  6. ^ Agence France Presse, "Al-Qaeda number two slams Hamas for seeking negotiations", July 4, 2007.
  7. ^ Associated Press, "New Usama Bin Laden Video ...", Fox News, Sept. 8, 2007.
  8. ^ Joby Warrick, "Bin Laden, Brought to You by ...", Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2007, p.A01.

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I just have this to say... are you f***ing kidding me?

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no, really...



Rita Katz
Executive Director of the SITE Intelligence Group

Rita Katz, the Director and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, has studied, tracked, and analyzed international terrorists, the global jihadist network and terrorism financing for more than a decade. Since well before September 11, Ms. Katz has personally briefed government officials, including the NSC at the White House, investigators in the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security on the financing and recruitment networks of the terrorist movement.  

Born in Iraq, and a graduate of the Middle Eastern Studies program at Tel Aviv University, Ms. Katz speaks both Arabic and Hebrew with native fluency. As part of her work, Ms. Katz, has gone undercover to numerous terrorist's front group gatherings, collecting crucial information, and working to expose those groups in the United States. Many of her leads have prompted the government to investigate and take legal action against individuals and organizations suspected of ties to terrorism.  

Ms. Katz has served as a consultant to the U.S. government and other foreign governments on many occasions, and has appeared as an expert witness for the U.S. government and abroad. Ms. Katz has also testified before Congress about al-Qaeda, the global jihadist network, and the online jihadist threat.  

For her unique contributions to FBI counterterrorism investigations, Ms. Katz received special recognition in 2004 from FBI Director Robert Muller for her "outstanding assistance to the FBI in connection with its investigative efforts."  

Among her educational activities, Ms. Katz has been commissioned to provide training sessions on counterterrorism to law enforcement agents from a variety of U.S. government agencies, as well as teaching sessions in non-governmental organizations' meetings and academic conferences.  

Ms. Katz is the author of TERRORIST HUNTER: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America (Harper Collins, 2003). Her commentary on terrorism issues frequently appears in prominent media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, 60 Minutes, and others.  

Josh Devon
Senior Analyst and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group

Josh Devon, Senior Analyst and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, focuses on the research and analysis of the global terrorist network. He has consulted on terrorism-related investigations for several government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI. Mr. Devon has published numerous articles on terrorism, including the extensive use of the Internet by terrorist groups and their followers worldwide.

Mr. Devon has a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master's Degree in International Relations, concentrating in Middle East Studies, at Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Mr. Devon speaks Arabic.


SITE's Team

The multi-lingual staff at SITE has years of experience in the research and analysis of terrorist networks, including monitoring jihadist propaganda, studying trends within the online jihadist community, and understanding how jihadist groups utilize the Internet.

Bruce Hoffman

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, DC Office.

A revised and updated edition of his acclaimed 1998 book, Inside Terrorism, was published in May 2006.

Rohan Gunaratna

Rohan Gunaratna is Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore. He holds a masters degree in international peace studies from Notre Dame, US, where he was Hesburgh Scholar and a doctorate in international relations from St. Andrews, where he was British Chevening Scholar.

He is the author of 12 books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, published by Columbia University Press, an international bestseller.

Gabriel Weimann

Gabriel Weimann is a professor of Communications at Haifa University, Israel. His research interests include the study of media effects, political campaigns, persuasion and influence, media and public opinion, modern terrorism and the mass media. He has published six books, including Terror On the Internet (Washington, DC: USIP Press, 2007), Hate on Trial (Toronto: Mosaic, 1986), and The Theater of Terror (New York: Longman, 1994)


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for-profit jihadi-huntin'!

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REAL 9/11 truth from another Jihadi hunting group

From the NEFA foundation--and this explains everything! We truthers are the enemies of Jihad, helping "da JOOZ" deal with their humiliation over having "their" metropolis destroyed by evil moozlims by blaming THEM instead! BRILLIANT! Isn't it weird that to find communications from Jihadis we have to rely on Jihadi hunters? But aren't you glad we can, so that we can finally counter the arguments made against us that we are on the side of the terrorists??



Al-Fajr Media Center: "We'll Do It Again: Annapolis Shall Not Rescue Their Metropolis" 
Al-Qaida's official online distribution network responsible for disseminating messages from Usama Bin Laden--known as the "Al-Fajr Media Center"--has issued a new statement titled, "We'll Do It Again: Annapolis Shall Not Rescue Their Metropolis, Written by a Soldier in the Army Aiming to Destroy Their Metropolis." The statement condemned the upcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Annapolis, Maryland, as a bid to "declare war against the Muslims and to cleanse the desire for jihad from each and every believer." It further boasted of Al-Qaida's role in "the collapse of Manhattans metropolis": "The decision to target the World Trade Center during the [9/11] raids was a wise one because it made other weaker regimes tremble, run, and hide... Allah has paid back all the Muslims who prepared and executed that attack and has chosen them to lead his battle against evil... The owners of that collapsed metropolis (the Jews) could not handle the fact that it was totally and completely a Muslim operation. Therefore, they have been busy using their media outlets around the entire world (including Al-Jazeera) to spread lies about various 9/11 conspiracy theories... The infidels are in denial about the well-known fate of the World Trade Center We thank Allah for enabling Muslims to destroy it. The statement also included a veiled threat to the Arabian Gulf emirate of Dubai, labeling it "merely another state in the United States, a base for information and intelligence-gathering, a technological and media center, and a center of corruption. The Jews can be found there in the same way they can be found in Tel-Aviv We hope they will learn a lesson and change before Burj al-Arab becomes [the next World Trade Center]."

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SITE group claims Nigerian Jihadis riling up Muslims

...against Christians...

Internet video: Muslims must rise up in Nigeria

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer
34 mins ago

LAGOS, Nigeria – A video posted on a militant Web site calls for Muslims in Nigeria to use "the sword and the spear" to rise up against Christians in Africa's most populous nation, according to a translation released Tuesday by a U.S. group that monitors militant sites.

The video on the Ansar al-Mujahideen forum, a Web site sympathetic to al-Qaida, comes in the wake of a series of religious massacres and riots in central Nigeria.

The video shows television news footage and graphic images of those killed as a narrator tells viewers "the solution is jihad in the cause of Allah," according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.

"Negotiations, dialogues and protests will not stop the advancement of the enemies and their massacres," the narrator says. "Nothing will stop them but the sword and the spear."

The narrator also says the "crusader West" is interested in Nigeria for its abundant oil reserves. He refers to President Umaru Yar'Adua, a Muslim from northern Nigeria, as a "tyrant" who allowed the killing of a sect leader whose group's attacks on police stations and rioting left more than 700 people dead in July.

Nigeria's military ended fighting led by the group, known as Boko Haram, after seizing its leader. The group's name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language. The group's leader was later killed, and the army and police gave differing accounts of his capture that suggested that he may have died while in police custody.

The release of the 10-minute video comes after more than 200 people — mostly Christians — died last week in massacres in villages outside of the central Nigerian city of Jos. More than 300 people — mostly Muslims — died in January during rioting in the same region.

Nigeria, a country of 150 million people, is split almost evenly between Christians in its south and Muslim in its north. However, the nation has yet to see an al-Qaida-inspired terror group take hold inside its borders — despite others beginning to thrive in West Africa.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said nothing would stop Nigeria's ethnic violence except splitting the nation into Muslim and Christian states, Libya's official news agency reported Tuesday. Gadhafi told a group of African student leaders in Tripoli that the violence in Nigeria is a "deep-rooted conflict of a religious nature" that requires a radical solution.

In May 2003, Osama bin Laden purportedly urged Muslims in the country to rise up against one of the "regimes who are slaves of America."

Security forces claimed to break up such a linked terror cell in November 2007. Last year, a 23-year-old Nigerian who later claimed ties to al-Qaida attempted to detonate an explosive abroad a Christmas Day flight headed via Amsterdam to Detroit.

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another "find" by SITE

Pakistani Taliban claims NYC car bomb attempt
Sun May 2, 2:04 pm ET

CAIRO, Egypt – The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb attack in Times Square in New York City.

In 1 minute video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban, the group says the attack is revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq. Images of the slain militants are shown as an unidentified voice recites the message. English subtitles are at the bottom of the screen.

The video was uncovered Sunday by the U.S.-based SITE intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites.